This year, become a master gardener

Students from charter and public schools visit Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary to appreciate this rainbow eucalyptus. The tree is only 40 years old and 100 feet tall. (Photo courtesy / Voltaire Moise)

New year’s resolutions are fun to make, but it is sometimes hard to measure their success. Learning about landscaping and gardening is a good example. Hawaii is unique in its horticultural blend of plants and landscapes. Although we live in the tropics, gardening is heavily influenced by the ways of Europe and the Americas. This, plus Asian, Polynesian and African agricultural influences have made landscaping and gardening fun but a bit complicated.